Thursday, March 1, 2012

Notes on "Undefeated"

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Last October, in advance of the local premier of the documentary Undefeated at Indie Memphis Film Festival, I interviewed directors Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin and producer Rich Middlemas by phone. The film finally gets its wide release in Memphis this weekend. Undefeated will be playing at Paradiso theater beginning tomorrow, and tonight there is a special private screening for the Manassas High School coaches, players, parents, and school staff, hosted Malco Theaters, the Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission, and Memphis mayor A C Wharton.

The film follows the ups and downs of the 2009 football season at Manassas, a North Memphis high school with no history of winning. Here’s the story I wrote for the Indie Memphis preview (fourth item from the top) and here’s my review of the film in this week’s Memphis Flyer. Undefeated won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature last Sunday evening.

Much of the material I got in the interview was left out for space reasons for my story, so here are some excerpts from the cutting-room floor.

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White Station High "Black History Month" Posse Rap

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

How does my alma mater, White Station High School, cap off Black History Month? Apparently in the best way possible, with an old-fashioned, multicultural, baton-passing rap posse cut. Pretty awesome, but I refuse to believe there isn't a budding MC Lyte somewhere on the Spartan campus:


A reader alerted me that Whitehaven High School did something similar a couple of years ago. Here it is:

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Folk Alliance 2012: A Video Diary

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

After a fantastic six-year run the Folk Alliance International conference is leaving Memphis. It's off to Canada for the 2013 conference then on to a new home base in Kansas City. It's an estimated $2.5 million annual loss for Memphis. But the beat goes on.(To continue reading "That's All Folks" click here).

Here's a tiny sample of what went down at FAI 2012.

Luther Dickinson pays homage to his father Jim Dickinson.

There's a lot more below the fold.

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